SEANET back from Georgia and South Carolina

7 05 2009

Dr. Julie Ellis has only just returned from a whirlwind recruiting trip to the Southeast. She first headed to Georgia for a repeat performance on Jekyll Island to follow up with our new collaborators and volunteers on the Georgia barrier islands.

The shadowy Dr. Julie Ellis edifies the masses in Georgia (photo by Lydia Thompson)

The shadowy Dr. Julie Ellis edifies the masses in Georgia (photo by Lydia Thompson)

While SEANET’s last expedition to the Island was designed to be more of an informational session, this trip focused on the nuts and bolts of getting volunteers started with their surveys and equipping these intrepid souls for data collection on the beaches. SEANET has been greatly heartened by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by our newest Seanetters, and we look forward to getting them started!

Thanks once again to Stacia Hendricks, Terry Norton and Stefanie Ouellette for coordinating everything on the ground and dealing with the considerable logistics involved anytime Dr. Ellis is in town.

From Georgia, Julie proceeded on to South Carolina’s Kiawah Island where she was subjected to the exquisite torture of conducting a training session for potential volunteers at a picnic table beneath gently whispering palm trees.

Dr. Julie Ellis was forced to hold a training at hideous Kiawah Island, SC.

Dr. Julie Ellis was cruelly forced to hold a training at hideous Kiawah Island, SC.

Our new contact in South Carolina, Keith McCullough of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, has enlightened us about a promising potential collaboration between SEANET and the South Carolina Master Naturalist Program, which seeks to “develop volunteer citizen scientists, conservationists, and educators who can positively¬† impact the natural resources of the state.”

SEANET looks forward to working with any new volunteers who elect to start walking South Carolina beaches, and thanks to Keith for pulling the whole thing together!

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